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Get on your bike for Nepal

Travel company sets up campaign to help Nepalese bike industry

People are being encouraged to get on their bikes during May to help raise money for those working in Nepal’s cycling industry who have been left without jobs following this week’s devastating earthquake.

Events company Rather Be Cycling has set up a Ride for Nepal page on Just Giving and is asking riders to choose one day between now and 29 May when they will be out cycling and donate £1 per mile they ride.

Like much of the Nepalese economy, the bike sector there is heavily dependent on tourism and Rather Be Cycling is aiming to raise at least £1,000 for tour guides, trip crew, office and store staff who have been affected by the disaster.

Hopefully with your help, we can get them much more than that.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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